Migration agents sought for participation in research on language, communication and forced migration.
We are seeking participants for a study examining language and communication in the context of Australian refugee applications and appeals, and policy. The study is being conducted by Laura Smith-Khan to meet the requirements of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Linguistics, under the supervision of Professor Ingrid Piller of the Department of Linguistics (ph: 0298507674) and with associate supervision by Dr Daniel Ghezelbash of Macquarie Law School and former board member at AFFMA.
As part of this study, we are interested to gain insight into the experiences of legal professionals and migration agents who assist in refugee applications and/or appeals in Australia. We are particularly interested in exploring the role of intercultural communication in these processes, as well as considering the way different stakeholders (such as interpreters, support people, decision makers and legal advisors) each contribute to the process. We hope that by critically exploring these processes, we can contribute to a discussion that will lead to improved procedures and outcomes in the future. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to participate in a semi-structured interview with the Co-Investigator, Laura Smith-Khan. This will be arranged at your convenience and can be conducted in person, at a suitable location, or over the telephone or via Skype.
The interview should take approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on our discussion and on your availability. It will be audio-recorded (if you consent to this) and the researcher will also take written notes. With your prior consent, the researchers may also contact you after the interview with follow-up questions or to seek clarification.
Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are confidential, except as required by law. No individual will be identified in any publication of the results. Only Professor Piller, Dr Ghezelbash and Ms Smith-Khan will have access to this data. A summary of the results of the data can be made available to you on request and we will keep you updated on any publications that come out of this research.
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary: you are not obliged to participate and if you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without having to give a reason and without consequence.
To begin in November/ December this year, a commercial law firm (to be) is seeking a permanent Principal solicitor with a minimum of five (5) years experience and expertise in property law, family law and contract law. This is a commercial opportunity for a self-motivated lawyer who wants to set up a thriving, commercial, legal business but lacks the funds to do so. There will be a substantial office rent reduction (inclusive of electricity, water and cleaning services) in exchange for supervision of two junior lawyers who will undertake legal duties in the nominated areas of law. You will have your own locked office space. The office is situated in a prime position on King Street in Newtown with no law firms nearby.
Please email your expression of interest to the CEO [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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WANTED: Volunteer Migration Agents
AFFMA is looking for migration agents who are willing to complete a Spouse visa application from beginning to end on a pro bono basis, either at their own office/home or at AFFMA’s office in Newtown. AFFMA is an Approved Voluntary Organisation by the OMARA. Migration agents volunteering with us can claim one CPD point for every three hours of pro bono work.
WANTED: Volunteer CPD developers and reviewers ( Online Private Study Booklets)
AFFMA is calling for expressions of interest from members interested in developing, reviewing and updating CPD materials in the following areas:
Protection and Humanitarian – Ethics and Professional Practice – Accounts Management – Business Management – File Management – Partner Visa – Code of Conduct – Ministerial Intervention – Winning at the RRT
For every three hours of volunteer work on CPD materials, you will gain one CPD point which will be reported to the OMARA.
If interested, please send an email with details of your area(s) of interest, availability and experience to: [firstname.lastname@example.org]